Wayfaring Chocolate recently posted an Almond and Coconut Cake with Raspberries to add to this list. It was only a matter of time before I tried it. I made it for a birthday dinner on the weekend and found it as delicious as it was easy.
lemon slice, grubs and rocky road. Delicious.
Even more impressive is my sister-in-law, Erica's, cake decorating. At the back of the above photos you can see the owl cake in slices. Below is Cooper's alien cake. Aren't the lollypop antennae cute? Sylvia was intent on having a "pom-pom" off the tummy. I must try to make Erica's mum's chocolate caramel tarts (with butternut snap bases) that went down a treat.
I am sending this cake to Karen of Lavender and Lovage for the July Tea Time Treats event, which is Summer Fair and Fetes and Cakestall Cakes and Bakes. Having coeliacs in my family means I am always pleased to see gluten free cakes at a cake stall, and having to carry it home, means I want something that is sturdy enough to travel. Plus I want something pretty and a little special. This cake fits the bill.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Mulled wine and chocolate cake
Two years ago: Pumpkin, Ricotta and Facon Spaghetti Bake
Three years ago: Breakfast Burritos – My Way!
Four years ago: Corn bread, borscht and common sense
Five years ago: Mexicale Pie - an old favourite
Macaroon cake with raspberries
From Wayfaring Chocolate
1 and 1/2 cups (170g) almond meal (I used pistachios for a third of this)
1 and 1/4 cups (275g) caster sugar
3/4 (70g) desiccated coconut
200g Nuttelex (or butter)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (55g) fresh or frozen raspberries.
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 24cm round cake tin. (I used a 22cm springform tin and a 10cm springform tin).
Mix the ground nuts, sugar and coconut in a mixing bowl. In a large jug or small mixing bowl, melt nuttalex gently in the microwave (which means you can get away without cooling it as you would need to do if melting on the stovetop). Whisk in the eggs one at a time with a fork. (Be quick if you are paranoid as me about chunks of cooked egg in the cake, even if the butter is so cool it couldn't cook the egg.) Add vanilla and whisk to mix. Pour butter mixture into nut mixture and gently mix until combined. You will have quite a thin batter.
Pour batter into prepared cake tin(s). Dot with raspberries. Bake at 180 C for about 50-55 minutes (or 70 minutes if your oven is slow like mine). The cake will be golden brown and feel cooked in the centre, though even then I found mine quite soft when I served (but that was fine). Serve warm or at room temperature.
On the stereo:
The Soft Bulletin: The Flaming Lips